Annual Conference

University of Nottingham

Friday 31st August – Tuesday 4th September 2018

(Replaces formerly announced AIA Members’ Weekend)

The conference will include the annual Rolt Lecture being given by Geoffrey Stell of the University of Edinburgh entitled ‘Science and Engineering at War: Scapa Flow, 1939-45’. Our speaker knew Tom Rolt and was anxious to give his lecture to the Association for Industrial Archaeology since Tom was its first President.

The weekend will commence with a seminar, as usual, on the Friday, on this occasion entitled ‘Steaming Ahead: Researching Industrial Archaeology & Heritage in the 21st century‘. Following this, the conference will take its normal course of lectures and visits. The latter will include:

  • The only remaining bell foundry in the UK, Taylor’s of Loughborough
  • Rotative beam engines at both Abbey Lane Pumping Station in Leicester and Papplewick Pumping Station in Nottinghamshire
  • Colliery winding engines
  • The unique Bennerley Railway Viaduct in the Erewash Valley
  • A visit to the canal port of Newark-on Trent with a boat trip on the river
  • A walk inside the Glenfield Tunnel on the Leicestershire and Swannington Railway, Britain’s third locomotive railway engineered by the Stephensons
  • A windmill incorporating a science centre

Shorter visits will take place in Nottingham itself, with its splendid Lace Market, extensive cave system used for industrial activities as well as dwelling places, the magnificent late 16th century Wollaton Hall with a bath-house in the sandstone caves beneath and an industrial museum in the extensive grounds.

Accommodation will be in Hugh Stewart Hall in the University with its splendid Art Deco dining hall and delegates should be aware that the University is now connected by tram to the railway station.

The Conference is being organised by Marilyn Palmer and David Ingham.

Details of tours and a booking form will soon be available here and in the February edition of IA News. Make a note of the dates now!

Note: The Association has withdrawn its involvement in the Caithness conference of 22nd to 27th June 2018 organised by Mark Watson, though that will still happen, albeit with a different sponsor.


The Tour Notes for earlier Conferences are available through the Past Conferences page.